Sunday, April 11, 2010
Took the ferry across the Dardenelles leaving Asia for Europe. Here at Gallipoli one of the bloodiest battles of WW1 was fought, with over 500,000 troops killed or wounded in an attempt to defeat Turkey by opening a passage through the Dardanelles to Istanbul. The then junior commander gave his troops a historic command:"I am not ordering you to attack, I am ordering you to die." In fierce fighting which saw bayonet charges against trenches defended by machines guns they won the campaign. That commander,Ataturk, later became known as the George Washington of his country.